Major facilities

ARPANSA regulates a number of nuclear installations and prescribed radiation facilities.

Regulation of these facilities requires significant and specialised resources. Licence applications are invariably large and complex, as are any subsequent safety submissions. Assessment of these applications and submissions requires coordination among technical experts from across the agency and, on occasion, involves the use of external consultants. Compliance monitoring activities such as planned inspections, also demand significant regulatory resources.

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The Little Forest legacy site (LFLS) is a site that was used for the near surface burial of low level radioactive waste. The facility was operational between 1960 and 1968

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The OPAL (Open Pool Australian Lightwater) reactor is a 20 Megawatt water cooled research reactor. OPAL is Australia’s only operating research reactor and is located at the ANSTO Lucas Heights site in Sydney.

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The Interim waste store (IWS) at ANSTO’s Lucas Height site in Sydney is a purpose-built temporary storage facility to house intermediate level solid radioactive waste returning from France, following reprocessing of spent fuel from HIFAR.

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The Australian Synchrotron facility is used for research and development in the areas of advanced materials, biomedical science, defence, agriculture, food technology, environmental science, minerals, nano-technology, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and scientific instruments.

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The Australian Nuclear Medicine Molydenum-99 Facility (ANM Mo99) will be a purpose built radiopharmaceuticals production facility at the ANSTO Lucas Heights site in Sydney. This facility will ensure supplies of Mo-99 for the Australian market and will also have the capacity to export Mo-99 to help secure the future global supply.